This photo stuck with me as I continued the reading, especially the description of the photo that went along with it, detailing the remaining pedestrians on the bicycles that had not be confiscated yet. I think the photographer here seems to show how normalized the invasion had become and how society had adapted to the societal and structural changes. Here, you see men and women pass by casually looking to their sides to see lines of soldiers, as if it is a common thing of the day.
This actually appeared to stray from the behaviors of Ajax that Kuper describes. Ajax had many Jewish members as of 1941, and we see Ajax defend the Jewish community and their respective members in its annual report for 1941-1942. The report read, “We are in the fearful expectation that many more of our members will be taken… many of us have left… and we fear the coming times.” The quote appears to show Ajax standing in solidarity with its Jewish community, something Susan Smit finds no other club doing at the time. So, what’s interesting to me is the juxtaposition between the photo and Ajax’s actions — it appears to show the uniqueness in the history of this soccer club in comparison to the surrounding society in this particular instance. Ajax seemed to show no casual look, rather a stare in defiance.